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Comments about the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean (Klaus Badelt and co.)

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Re: I thought I liked the Pirate motif until I read this review
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• Posted by: Euphman
• Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 5:13 p.m.
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• In Response to: I thought I liked the Pirate motif until I rea... (Michele Haywood)

You know what the theme reminds me of? It reminds me of the middle chorale of Jupiter from Holst's Planets Suite. I wouldn't think twice about it except that Zimmer is known to be "inspired" (steals from) by Holst. Listening to Gladiator...well...the battle music is pretty much 10 a minute riff on Mars.

Also compare the theme of Gladiator to the Pirates theme. Both start with the horns in an upward line. The two themes are very, very similar. Very. Talk about a one trick horse.

> I was excited about the Pirate motif in this soundtrack because I am
> enamored of the rhythm of the timpani, but after reading the Soundtracks
> review and checking out the score to "The Rock," I had a rude
> awakening.
> I never would have been able to tell that I wasn't listening to something
> from "Pirates of the Caribbean" if I didn't know I was listening
> to the soundtrack from "The Rock." How disappointing.
> However, I did like the way the music fits during Jack and Will's first
> swordfight in the blacksmith's shop, and I still like the pirate motif.
> The soundtrack is another story - it is disappointing. I HATE synthesized
> music, especially when it particularly noticeable, as in this soundtrack.
> This score could have redeemed itself with real strings. It's very
> unfortunate.

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